Caregiver Grief and Loss Support from Our Arkansas Care Community

Support yourself during this uncertain season.

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As a dedicated caregiver to your loved one with memory care needs, we know your daily responsibilities can conjure up a range of emotions. We know how hard you work to ensure their needs are always met. Here at Magnolia Place Memory Care and Transitional Assisted Living, we want to acknowledge the fact that feelings of grief and loss can, unfortunately be common as your loved one’s condition progresses. We hope these tips for supporting yourself during challenging times provides you some comfort.

Accept the Feelings

Our first suggestion to support yourself while experiencing grief or loss may be the hardest one: simply accept the uncomfortable feelings. Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other memory challenges gradually change your loved one, and it’s normal to feel a sense of grief or mourning of the person they used to be. You may experience the different common phases of grieving: denial, anger, guilt, sadness and finally acceptance, but these phases may occur out of order or more than once as the conditions change. However you feel on a given day, we encourage you to let yourself truly feel the emotions. This could mean letting yourself be sad instead of pretending everything is fine, or accepting feelings of guilt. Work on acknowledging that anger, fear, resentment, and disappointment are all natural, healthy emotions. Recognizing, feeling, and working through your emotions can help you feel more in control of challenging situations.

Stay Connected to Others

As natural as it can feel to start spending less time doing your favorite hobbies as your loved one depends on you more, we encourage you to continue prioritizing connecting with others. Schedule a lunch date with friends or go to a movie with your family. Try to make these connection-type activities a regularly occurring event on your calendar. Involving yourself in other pursuits can give you a much-needed break, but it can also strengthen your support system as you’re dealing with difficult emotions. If you feel the need for more extensive support, consider joining a caregiver support group to talk about your experiences with like-minded individuals to help with feelings of isolation. Additionally, you can meet with a trusted therapist who can help you navigate your emotions in a healthy way.

Take Care of Yourself

As a caregiver who’s constantly serving others, we highly recommend taking care of yourself too! The best thing you can do for the person you are caring for is to stay healthy and strong. This includes taking care of your physical, mental and emotional wellness. Doing things that bring you joy, even if it’s a simple walk with your favorite music playing or cooking yourself a delicious meal, can give you some reprieve and fill your cup. Self-care is one of the best defenses to feeling your best for your loved one. Don’t forget to ask for help when you need it, too, and accept help when it’s offered!

At our Magnolia Place Memory Care Community, we know that everyone grieves differently and it can be a challenge to embark on that journey. We want you to know that you are entitled to any and all emotions you feel as you care for your loved one. We hope that these tips have helped you, and we encourage you to seek out the support you need so you can navigate this season if you are struggling.

If you’re interested in learning more, we’d be happy to set up a tour for the Magnolia Place Memory Care and Transitional Assisted Living community!

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